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Denmark: Dual Citizenship Recognized

(Oct. 16, 2015) On September 1, 2015, with the entry into force of amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Denmark started recognizing dual citizenship. (Lov om ændring af lov om dansk indfødsret, LOV nr 1496 af 23/12/2014 [Act on Amendments to the Act on Danish Citizenship, Law No. 1496, Dec. 23, 2014], RESINFORMATION.DK.) The […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Turns to Electronic Communication

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 25, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court announced that as of August 31, 2015, it has turned to e-mail as its main means of communication. (Press Release, Ökad användning av e-post vid Högsta domstolen, Högsta Domstolen [Supreme Court] website (Aug. 25, 2015), NOTISUM.) The new policy means that all communication between […]

Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

International Criminal Court: New Judge Elected

(July 6, 2015) On June 24, 2015, during its 13th session, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), elected Dr. Raul Cano Pangalangan as a judge of the ICC. (Press Release, ICC, Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute Elects a Judge (June […]

Ireland: New Companies Act Takes Effect

(June 19, 2015) On June 1, 2015, the Companies Act 2014 took effect in Ireland. (Companies Act 2014, No. 38/2014, IRISH STATUTE BOOK.) This is the largest piece of legislation ever enacted in Ireland, comprising a total of 25 Parts (1448 sections) and 17 Schedules. The Act consolidates 16 existing Companies Acts – dating from […]

United States: Pacific Marine Reserve Expanded

(Nov. 7, 2014) President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation creating the largest marine reserve in the world, expanding an existing reserve over scattered areas in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The September 25, 2014, proclamation expands the territory of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion, Proclamation No. […]

United States: Appellate Court Rules Alien Tort Statute Provides Federal Jurisdiction over Claims Arising from Injuries Inflicted Abroad

(July 7, 2014) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred outside the United States, if the claims sufficiently “touch and concern” United States territory. (Al Shimari […]

United States: Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Foreign Governments’ Immunity to Discovery

(June 26, 2014) The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) does not grant immunity to foreign governments from discovery proceedings in litigation over the execution of judgments. (Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd., No. 12-842 (June 16, 2014), Supreme Court website.) In 2001, the petitioner, […]

United States: Supreme Court Rules Local Crimes Not Covered by Statute Implementing Chemical Weapons Convention

(June 12, 2014) The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. implementing statute for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) does not apply to local crimes. (Bond v. United States, No. 12-158, (June 2, 2014), Supreme Court website.) The United States is a party to the CWC (Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, […]

United States: Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Spanish Law Applies in a Corporate Law Dispute

(Mar. 2, 2012) The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the law of Spain, rather than that of Delaware, applied in a case where a plaintiff corporation brought a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of a Delaware subsidiary of a Spanish parent corporation. Sagarra Inversiones, S.L. (Sagarra), a Spanish corporation, filed suit in Delaware Chancery […]